Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture

Prisoners on Prison Films

Authors: Bennett, Jamie, Knight, Victoria

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  • Includes ?a foreword from a formerly incarcerated person as well as an afterword by a filmmaker
  • Examines the nature of the prisoner audience and the expertise they bring to reading prison films
  • Discusses the potential research, policy and practice implications of this work
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This book explores how an audience of men serving sentences in an English prison responded to viewing five contemporary British prison films. It examines how media representations of prison vary in style and content, how film can influence public attitudes, and how this affects people in prison. The book explains the ways in which film acts as a power resource, presenting an ideological vision of criminal justice. The audience used these films to map the social terrain of prison, including issues of power and resistance; race and racism; corruption and the illicit economy; and staff-prisoner relationships, themes which are explored in the films screened. The authors argue that media consumption is one of the ways in which people in prison construct and maintain an ideal of the prisoner culture and what it is to be a ‘prisoner’. The book also reveals the ways in which audience members’ media choices and readings are part of the ongoing process of constructing their self-identity. This book illuminates the complex ways in which media consumption is an integral part of social power, cultural formation and identity construction. Recognising and engaging with audiencehood offers one potential route for supporting more progressive penal practice. This book speaks to those interested in prisons, crime, media and culture, and film studies.

About the authors

Jamie Bennett is a Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Justice, UK, a Research Associate at University of Oxford, and a former prison governor. His previous publications include The Working Lives of Prison Managers (2015) and The Penal System: An introduction Sixth edition (2019).

Victoria Knight is Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University, UK.

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“This book is an exciting read, not only for its remarkable content but because of the opportunities for future research. … This study is clearly limited by time, number and type of participants, but these limitations do not prevent the study from breaking new ground in an innovative area, allowing imprisoned people to return and refute the voyeuristic cinematic gaze.” (Holly Dempsey, Crime Media Culture, April 12, 2021)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prisoners on Prison Films
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-60949-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-60949-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-60948-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 134
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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